Posts Tagged ‘Business’

  • A Rise From The Ashes
    Posted by on June 16th, 2015 at 8:16 am, Comments: 0

    Forgive any Chicagoan this morning. They were probably up late last night. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.  They have won 3 out of the […]






  • The Great Unbundling Continues
    Posted by on June 15th, 2015 at 7:37 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that has happened in tech firms is unbundling.  It’s possible to create a big company off of one segment of another […]











  • Growth vs Profitability
    Posted by on June 10th, 2015 at 8:28 am, Comments: 0

    In many startups, this is a conundrum.  Add users, or figure out a way to be profitable?  Virtually any startup that has a sharing or […]






  • The Great Unbundling
    Posted by on March 30th, 2015 at 8:21 am, Comments: 0

    Have you seen this photo? Or this one from a while ago? A lot of great businesses have been built in the last ten years […]






  • Feedback, or Criticism?
    Posted by on March 11th, 2015 at 7:23 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things investors look for in entrepreneurs is “coachability”.  Yesterday, Mark Suster tweeted this, @semil @pointsnfigures I look for people who take feedback […]






  • #TrainTheMen
    Posted by on March 5th, 2015 at 5:00 am, Comments: 0

    The following is a guest post from my friend Susan Mravca.   Susan is a Chicago based serial entrepreneur and someone you should know. Many of […]






  • The Hot Deal
    Posted by on March 3rd, 2015 at 10:04 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday the NASDAQ ($QQQ) hit 5000.  Hasn’t been here in 15 years.  My friend Brian Lund had a nice write up about the differences between […]






  • Following On In Early Stage Financing
    Posted by on February 20th, 2015 at 8:32 am, Comments: 0

    Fred Wilson has written about USV’s policy on following onto rounds.  It’s a controversial topic so he has actually written a lot about it.  Should […]






  • Are You The Right Investor?
    Posted by on February 17th, 2015 at 5:27 am, Comments: 0

    The last couple of days I have written about investing in companies from the entrepreneurs perspective.  What are bad and good investors. What about the […]






  • Where To Find Money If You Are A Startup
    Posted by on February 10th, 2015 at 6:47 am, Comments: 0

    If you are a startup, how do you find money?  The other day when I spoke to a class at Chicago Booth we discussed it. […]






  • Should Startups Ever Merge?
    Posted by on February 9th, 2015 at 8:36 am, Comments: 0

    The other day Semil Shah wrote an interesting post about “Juggernauts“.  In it, he opined about some very large “startup’ companies like Uber, Dropbox and […]






  • What Are Seed Investors Looking For?
    Posted by on February 6th, 2015 at 9:36 am, Comments: 0

    Recently I gave a little talk at Chicago Booth. I spoke to Prof Mike Moyer‘s class about funding and seed investing.  Instead of “Death by […]






  • Chicago, You Scored a TD. Act Like Walter Payton
    Posted by on January 23rd, 2015 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Recently, I have read a couple of articles about the startup scene in Chicago.  In one, Kelly Raymond makes some excellent arguments about why Chicago […]






  • What To Do About Dead Equity On The Cap Table
    Posted by on January 22nd, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    This is a topic that isn’t talked about enough.  There are few blogs on it.  But, it’s important because it happens a lot.  It also […]






  • It’s About Effort, Not Difficulty
    Posted by on January 12th, 2015 at 9:10 am, Comments: 0

    Raising children to understand how effort affects outcome is important.  I think successful entrepreneurs understand the connection.  The more we raise our kids to understand […]






  • When Will US Companies Scream About The Dollar?
    Posted by on January 5th, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that businesses watch carefully is the value of the US dollar.  One of the shining parts of the American economy over […]






  • Younger Generation Engaging Less in Entrepreneurial Efforts
    Posted by on January 3rd, 2015 at 8:49 am, Comments: 0

    The trend is clear.  Younger people used to start a lot more entrepreneurial type businesses in years past than they do today.  Only 3.6% of […]






  • Novel First Round Funding Idea as Alternative to Convertible Debt
    Posted by on December 20th, 2014 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    Most startups these days use convertible debt for first round funding.  Typically, they do a deal that looks like this: $3-$5M cap on the note […]